The Surge - How to Upgrade Weapons and Armor

Learn how to upgrade your gear in The Surge.

This guide will show you how to upgrade your weapons and armor in The Surge. As you progress through The Surge, you’ll encounter enemies that hit harder and have more health, in order to protect yourself from them and deal more damage to them, you will need to upgrade and improve your gear.

There are a few things you need before you are able to upgrade your weapons and armor, specifically plenty of Tech Scrap, materials and components. The materials needed to upgrade are the same ones you can find while farming for materials. Cutting off a limb will reward you with either a Schematic or armor material, as well as Tungsten Alloy – the material needed to craft and upgrade weapons in The Surge. Once you upgrade weapons, you will also want to equip more weapons so you have an answer for every situation.

How to Upgrade Weapons and Armor

The Gear Assembly machine is where you can upgrade weapons and armor in The Surge.
The Gear Assembly machine is where you can upgrade weapons and armor in The Surge.

To upgrade your weapons and armor in The Surge, you will need to visit an Operations center found at the start of every level. Within an Operations center is a machine beside the MedBay called the Gear Assembly, it’s this machine that is used to upgrade your weapons and armor.

To upgrade a weapon or piece of armor, navigate from the Crafting tab to the Upgrade tab. You will need to have already found the Schematic for a weapon and Crafted it before you can upgrade it.

Once highlighted, the right-hand side of the screen will show you the item, as well as information pertaining to what is needed to upgrade it, what damage it will do after being upgraded, and the Mark it is being upgraded to.

The Upgrade tab shows all gear you own, highlighting an item shows you what you need to upgrade it, including: Tech Scrap required, Components needed, and what Mark to choose.
The Upgrade tab shows all gear you own, highlighting an item shows you what you need to upgrade it, including: Tech Scrap required, Components needed, and what Mark to choose.

The Tech Scrap indicates how much Tech Scrap you need to upgrade the item, with how much Tech Scrap you have in brackets beside it. The higher Mark, the more Tech Scrap required. Below that is the material or components you need in order to upgrade the item and how many of them you require.

If you want to upgrade an item to Mark III, you will need the Mark III version of that material. You can learn all about farming for materials in The Surge in our guide.

Use the right-thumbstick or the Q and E keys to increase or decrease the Mark of the upgrade. Sometimes you can skip a Mark entirely, such as if you want to upgrade something from Mark I to Mark III, provided you have the necessary Mark III materials, you can skip Mark II.

Once you have farmed the necessary resources, you can hold the Upgrade button to upgrade your weapon or armor piece.
Once you have farmed the necessary resources, you can hold the Upgrade button to upgrade your weapon or armor piece.

When you have selected the Mark version you wish to upgrade your weapon or armor to, hold the Spacebar on PC, the A button on Xbox One, or the X on PlayStation 4 to complete the upgrade.

Upgrading weapons and armor can be a bit confusing when you first start The Surge, so take the time to look over the Gear Assembly machine so it no longer looks so foreign.

If you read this guide, you should now know how to upgrade weapons and armor in The Surge.

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Sam Chandler

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